Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Yep, That's Where I'd Keep My Training Chopsticks, Too! (Wordless Wednesday), and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulcher, and are posted by Elephant's Child.                 

Here are this week's prompts:

  1. Solicitude 
  2. Rampant
  3. Toes
  4. Form
  5. Knocking
  6. Pin cushion

And / or

  1. Reel
  2. Grappled
  3. Perfume
  4. Courtroom
  5. Squad
  6. General

She took a deep breath to keep from growling as she GRAPPLED for her self control.  She only had to put up with this manager for a few more days, and while she was glad to be leaving, she didn't want to burn any bridges.  The rest of the staff had been her cheering SQUAD when this new manager had been hired and had taken a GENERAL dislike to all of them and a specific dislike to her.

That was the reason she'd ramped up the hunt for a new job, and stepping on TOES here was not on her to do list.  If she ever ended up doing active work in a COURTROOM again, she didn't want anything reflecting badly on her.  News like that travels quickly, after all.  And her new employer had ears here as well, she was leaving active court reporting before a judge, but would still be working with attorneys taking depositions who appeared before this judge.  She needed and wanted to take a high road always.

As much as she privately relished the thought of getting the rod and REEL out of her car and using the manager as a PIN CUSHION, she simply used the mental image to make herself smile as she steeled herself to go turn in a FORM and not gag on the woman's overly heavy use of PERFUME.  She would only have to put up with the RAMPANT and fake SOLICITUDE for a few more days, then she had paid vacation time, where she would use that new fishing tackle and enjoy it, and back home to a new job.  

No matter what, be nice, she kept telling herself, KNOCKING on the manager's door, it's only a few more days.


Today is:

Ambarvalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (purification festival to Ceres, date approximate)

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival -- Windsor to Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada (lots of fun in apple blossom time; through June 3)

Ascension of Baha'u'llah -- Baha'i

BookExpo America -- Jacob K Javits COnvention Center, NYC, NY, US (publishers display fall titles; through Sunday)

Castleton Garland Celebration -- Derbyshire, England (a Garland King and Lady ride the bounds of the parish on white horses, after which the garland the King wore is placed on the church tower; possibly dating back to Oak Apple Celebrations)

Democracy Day -- Nigeria

End of the Middle Ages Day -- considered such by many historians because of the fall of Constantinople on this day in 1453

Feast of Mars -- Ancient Roman Calendar

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers -- UN

Learn About Composting Day -- can't find a sponsor for this day, but there is a week sponsored each year here; and you can learn about composting here, too 

Mount Everest Day -- Nepal (declared on the anniversary of first ascent in 1953)

National Coq Au Vin Day

National Senior Health and Fitness Day -- US (don't let age get in the way of staying healthy!) 

Oak Apple Day / Royal Oak Day -- England (celebration of the restoration of the monarchy; no longer officially recognized, but many localities have traditions that have grown up around this date which are still celebrated)

Pink Flamingo Day -- Don Feathersone created the first one on this day in 1957

Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day -- supposedly dating back, in Europe and the Americas, to the days when you put a piece of cloth in your larder for good luck; why it became a pillow no one knows

Runic Half-Month of Odal (home, possessions) commences

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival -- Sedalia, MO, US (with a variety of free and paid venues, it's a good time for all; through Saturday)

Squoosh an Ice Cream Sandwich Day -- rules say you must squoosh, not squish or squash!

St. Bona of Pisa's Day (Patron of couriers, flight attendants, guides, pilgrims, travellers; Pisa, Italy)

Anniversaries Today:

Rhode Island becomes the 13th US State, 1790
Wisconsin becomes the 30th US State, 1848

Birthdays Today:

Noel Gallagher, 1967
Lisa Whelchel, 1963
Melissa Etheridge, 1961
Adrian Paul, 1959
Rupert Everett,1959
Annette Bening, 1958
LaToya Jackson, 1956
Danny Elfman, 1953
Anthony Geary, 1947
Kevin Conway, 1942
Al Unser, Sr., 1939
Francis Thomas "Fay" Vincent, Jr, 1938
Paul Erlich, 1932
John F. Kennedy, 1917
Tenzing Norgay, 1914
T.H. White, 1906
Bob Hope, 1903
Oswald Spengler, 1880
G.K. Chesterton, 1874
Patrick Henry, 1736

Today in History:

Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a siege, ending the Byzantine Empire, 1453
Charles II (on his birthday) is restored to the throne of Great Britain, 1660
Treaty of Middle Plantation establishes peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives, 1677
The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves is upheld at Quebec City, 1733
In Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act, he answers a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!" 1765
Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect, 1874
Chemist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, the ad appearing in the Atlanta Journal, 1886
Igor Stravinsky's ballet score The Rite of Spring receives its premiere performance in Paris, provoking a riot, 1913
Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sinks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of 1,024 lives, 1914
Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra record Irving Berlin's "White Christmas", the best-selling Christmas single in history, for Decca Records in Los Angeles, 1942
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1953
First of the annual Bilderberg conferences, 1954
Amputee  Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months, 1985
Space Shuttle Discovery completes the first docking with the International Space Station, 1999
Olusegun Obasanjo takes office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule, 1999
A WWII Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., US, 2004
Scientists describe the 160-million year-old fossile of Aurornis xui as the most basal species of Avialae, possibly shifting the evolutionary position of the Archaeopteryx as the oldest known bird, 2013
A heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 65 as temperatures soar above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, 2018


  1. Excellent use of the prompts. PS Sue is Sue Fulcher not Fulton (which was my mistake on the first of this months W4W).

  2. Why on earth would someone put them up there? Quick fix?
    And hopefully she'll get a new position quite quickly - before she gets used to the quiet by the river life

  3. Excellent self control and very soon she will be starting her new job.

  4. Mimi,

    Self control yes always! You don't want to burn any bridges. I've been in similar situations discontent with employment situations but kept my cool because I never knew when I might need to fall back on the questionable employer someday. Good job!

  5. Do we know if there's an actual explanation for why the chopsticks ended up there?

    I like the juxtaposition of Constantinople falling - and Rhode Island arising!

  6. We have to give them an "A" for creativity in lamp repair putting the chopsticks there, but it is rather odd.

  7. I like your story, while sympathising with her on an overbearing boss. I hope the new job works out for her.

  8. Celebrating Senior Health and Fitness day with a doctor's appointment.

  9. I've had many bosses like that that. You do so very well with your stories.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  10. I'm trying to figure out what's on top of that lamp. Is it chopsticks? If so, how did they end up there? Sounds like an interesting story behind that picture.

  11. Dang, I wonder where the food is?

  12. Great story. I bet a lot of people feel that way about their boss :)

  13. Fun chopsticks photo! LOL

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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